Our expert says:
Overall, some of us have more dificulty forming friendships than do others ; some of us mind this and want to become more comfortable in making friends, some of us are more content being mainly alone.
Where one has had ugly experiences opf abuse or discrimination such as you mention, especially from your parents, who should be utterly ashamed of themselves ), it would obviously make us more hesitant and more likely to feel fearful when approaching others, expecting the worst, even though it is much less likely than it feels to you.
Seeing a counsellor could help you develop your self-confidence, and to find people who wil appreciate the many excellent things about you. Maybe there's an understandable degree of Depression, too, that deserves attention. Maybe getting involved in activities ( such as charities working with animals or children in need ) will help you as well as others, and enable you to meet a better type of people than you have so far had the misfortune to run into
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